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The Perfect Match

Electric Assist and Recumbent Cycle: Perfectly Made for Each Other!

There is no other type of cycle that fits electric motors as perfectly as a recumbent bike or trike. Why is obvious: In addition to the relaxed sitting position, it is now easier than ever to pedal. The built-in aerodynamic advantage of your recumbent bike also comes to the fore when supported electrically: less drag means more range out of your battery. Unique safety advantage: Our E-Trikes (tricycles with electric motor) can be equipped with turn indicator lights!

With our electric drives you pedal and exercise, while a powerful motor gives you support up to three times your strength, depending on the system. So you can conquer the local mountain with a smile on your face or ride to work fast and yet completely relaxed.

Particularly convincing: The cycling feeling with your recumbent bike is maintained even with the strong motor thanks to the sophisticated electronic control system. No noise, no jerking, no pushing. The electric system is very safe: it only supports you when pedaling. It starts quietly at the first crank revolution and is electronically limited smoothly when 25 km/h is reached (15.6 mph, US-versions 20 mph).

With the maximum support programmed at 25 km/h, your electric recumbent bike is considered a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) in Europe and can be ridden without registration, helmet or license plate. (An exception is our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec which provides you with pedal support up to 45 km/h / 28 mph.)

Due to the low vehicle weight, the recumbent pedelecs can also be easily driven without motor support when the battery power is used up. On the uphill tricycles play out another advantage: In contrast to conventional electric bikes, your trike will keep you safely on track even at low speeds. At the traffic light stop, you don’t even have to take your feet off the pedals!

As a prospective buyer of one of our tricycles, you have a particularly large choice. That’s because three different drive systems can provide extra power for your trike: either the extremely quiet neodrives hub motor Z20 in the rear wheel or one of the two bottom bracket motors from Shimano STEPS series,which are transformed in the recumbent bike from a middle to a front engine. Up to two gear options are available for each of our electric motors to perfectly match the additional electrical power. This also applies to the neodrive Z20 RS, which is available as a separate option exclusively for our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec.

These power packs each have their own unique character – just like you. This makes it possible to provide you with a solution tailored precisely to your needs. What all systems have in common is the low battery mounting position located under the seat leading to great riding stability, if required also with a second battery. The ergonomically positioned, easy-to-read controls make it easy for you to maintain an informed overview. You will reach your destination relaxed, no matter whether you simply want to pass the traffic jam in the city or embark on a long journey with heavy luggage.

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Our electric drives

Four powerful motors together with two alternative gear systems = eight distinctive combinations

Which electric drive suits me best?

neodrives Z20 and Shimano STEPS in comparison

Convenient and highly comfortable: the STEPS E5000 system has a very harmonious setup with a maximum torque of 40 Nm. With the 8-speed derailleur X4 from Sram you have a solid companion for relaxed tours in moderately demanding terrain. If, on the other hand, you often drive in hilly terrain or in the city with frequent starts and stops, the STEPS E6100 with 60 Nm and the Nexus Di2 automatic transmission from Shimano is the perfect choice. The rear hub shifts into gear fully automatically, which is the ultimate in both comfort and safety: you can concentrate completely on the traffic without any thoughts about changing gears.

If you want endless power on the mountain or want to turn your trike into a packhorse, you will quickly become a fan of the STEPS EP8 system with 85 Nm. Regardless of the torque specifications, which can only be compared to a limited extent, the most important factor for many people is how much thrust the engine develops at low speeds. This is where the Neodrives comes in front. It delivers its torque especially in combination with the small 20-inch rear wheel powerfully and directly to the road. The Z20 hub motor also scores with a very sensitively tuned driving behaviour. Nature lovers will appreciate the practically inaudible power generator in the rear wheel.

Unlike hub motors, the bottom bracket drive is unfamiliar with the subject of overheating at slow speeds on very steep mountains. There, you will always be well advised with Shimano STEPS. By the way: A safe and comfortable ride uphill is a real domain of the stable trikes from HP Velotechnik.

All four e-assist systems offer impressive ranges. And with the optional extra battery, you hardly have to think about the next power outlet for recharging. Invest even less thought into the location of your next power outlet with our optional extra battery. Neodrives wins the comfort rating in this exciting area: Instead of switching batteries, you simply switch a single cable.

Technical data

Facts & figures about our electric drives

Shimano
STEPS E5000
Shimano
STEPS E6100
Shimano
STEPS EP8
neodrives
Z20*
neodrives
Z20 RS
Available for
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all tricycles except S-Pedelec
all two- and three-wheelers except S-Pedelec
Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec
Support
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 25 km/h (15.6 mph, US-version 20 mph)
up to 45 km/h (28 mph)
Push assist
up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
up to 4 km/h (2.5 mph)
up to 4 km/h (2.5 mph)
Reverse gear
up to 3 km/h* (1.8 mph)
Range**
up to 189 km (117 miles)
(up to 463 km / 288 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
up to 177 km (110 miles)
(up to 433 km / 269 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
up to 191 km (118 miles)
(up to 478 km / 297 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
up to 145 km (90 miles)
(up to 290 km / 180 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
up to 60 km (37 miles)
(up to 120 km / 75 miles with additional battery, folding function restricted)
Force amplification
3 levels: Eco / Normal / High
3 levels: Eco / Normal / High
3 levels: Eco / Trail / Boost
5 levels
5 levels
Noise level
silent bottom bracket motor
silent bottom bracket motor
very silent bottom bracket motor
extremely silent hub motor
extremely silent hub motor
Max. torque
40 Nm (at the front motor)
60 Nm (at the front motor)
85 Nm (at the front motor)
40 Nm (at the rear wheel)
40 Nm (at the rear wheel)
Rated power
250 W
250 W
250 W
250 W
400 W
Maximum power
450 W
1000 W
Battery
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
BMZ 48 V Li-Ion removable, with lock
Capacity
14 Ah
14 Ah
14 Ah
17 Ah
13,8 Ah
Energy content
418 Wh
418 Wh
418 Wh
612 Wh
651 Wh
Battery weight
2,7 kg (6 lbs)
2,7 kg (6 lbs)
2,7 kg (6 lbs)
3,5 kg (7.7 lbs)
4,2 kg (9.2 lbs)
Battery life
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
800 – 1000 charging cycles
Charger
Shimano 2 A
Shimano 2 A
Shimano 2 A
BMZ fast charger 4 A
BMZ fast charger 4 A
Charging time
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
6,5 hours (3,5 hours 80%) without memory effect
4 hours without memory effect
4,5 hours without memory effect
Charger weight
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
1 kg (2.2 lbs)
0,85 kg (1.9 lbs)
1,08 kg (2.4 lbs)
Additional weight
ca. 8,3 kg (18 lbs)
ca. 8,6 kg (18.9 lbs)
ca. 8,2 kg (18.1 lbs)
ca. 8,7 kg (19.2 lbs)
Display
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
black&white display above the handlebar grip (Top View)
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View) or to the side
colour display above the handlebar grip (Top View) or to the side
Drivetrain
Sram X4 8-speed derailleur gearing
twist grip
20″: 44/11–34 teeth
26″: 38 / 11–34 teeth
Shimano Nexus Di2 8-speed rear wheel internal gear hub
20″: 44 / 18 teeth
26″: 44 / 23 teeth
Shimano XT Di2 11-speed derailleur gearing
with button (electric)
20″: 50 / 11–46 teeth
26″: 44 / 11–46 teeth
Sram 30-speed derailleur gearing
barend shifters
20″: 60-52-40 / 11–36 teeth
26″: 52-42-30 /11–36 teeth
Sram 30-speed derailleur gearing
barend shifters
52-42-30 / 11–36 teeth
Drivetrain (alternatively)
Shimano Nexus Di2 8-speed rear wheel internal gear hub
Rohloff 14-speed rear wheel internal gear hub
Pinion C1.12 12-speed internal gear transmission
Pinion C1.12 12-speed internal gear transmission
Extras
optionally with big battery pack (630 Wh) and fast charger (4 A; 2,5 hours: 50%); on option dditional battery (630 Wh) Bluetooth interface
optionally with big battery pack (630 Wh) and fast charger (4 A; 2,5 hours: 50%); on option dditional battery (630 Wh) Bluetooth interface
optionally with big battery pack (630 Wh) and fast charger (4 A; 2,5 hours: 50%); on option dditional battery (630 Wh) Bluetooth interface
Touchscreen; USB interface; Bluetooth interface
Touchscreen; USB interface; Bluetooth interface

* Reverse gear Neodrives for Scorpion, Scorpion fs 26, Scorpion fs 26 Enduro and Scorpion plus 26 presumably available from Spring 2021. Function requires initial backward movement.

** Range as stated by manufacturer:
Neodrives Z20: 100 W rider input, support level 1, flat terrain, smooth roads, 70 kg (154 lbs) payload incl. rider; Neodrives Z20 RS: support level 3 in optimal conditions (flat terrain, temperature 20°, even ride, pedalling power driver 80 W, speed 39 km/h (24,2 mph); with support level 5 up to about 40 km (24.9 miles).
Shimano STEPS E5000, E6100 and EP8: support mode Eco, flat terrain, 23 km/h, system weight 105 kg (231 lbs), outside temperature 23°, without electric gearing and light (standard battery with 418 Wh).